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Faculty of Arts & Humanities

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities, located on our Strand Campus, is one of the UK's most prestigious arts and humanities faculties.

Based in the heart of London, the faculty benefits from close links with many of the capital's most renowned cultural institutions, including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Portrait Gallery.

Key London priorities for the faculty:

  • To strengthen links with King's home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.
  • To grow and support interdisciplinary London module development, including opportunities to collaborate with partners across the capital and our home boroughs.
  • To establish and support the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) to strengthen its connections to London.
  • To develop 'Digital Creativity' as a core thematic component of London collaborations.
  • To establish and build a register of London activities.

Current initiatives include:

  • Developing teaching partnerships with cultural institutions, industry and government. These include Tate (Culture, Media and Creative Industries); British Museum (English); The Women’s Library, City of London Police Museum, British Library and Layers of London website (Liberal Arts); National Gallery (Theology & Religious Studies).
  • Seed funding faculty grants of up to £1,000 per project for initiatives with a strong London connection or theme, with preference given to projects with long-term potential. Bids may be made for projects relating to the planning, development or implementation of initiatives that target one or more of the following:
  1. Enhancement of educational opportunity across London (including, but not restricted to, opportunities for King’s students);
  2. Civic outreach in London;
  3. Fostering of partnerships with other London institutions (including, but not restricted to, other London HEIs).

Funded projects to date include the development of the faculty's Philosophy in Prison programme; the analysis of a new John Donne manuscript found in a trunk at Westminster Abbey; and the Strandlines project, a digital community dedicated to exploring lives on the Strand. Further information is available on the Arts & Humanities intranet pages (King's staff and student access only).

  • Offering a suite of ‘London’ modules, such as ‘ German in London’ (German), ‘Museums of London’ (Classics) and ‘Lives of London’ (Liberal Arts).
  • Offering modules that are built on close engagement with cultural partners across London, such as ‘Cultural Management: The Experience’ and the 'London Industries Forum' in the Global Media Industries MA (Culture, Media & Creative Industries).
  • Developing a specific London research theme within the AHRI’s 'World Service’ programme.
  • Emphasising London connectivity as a central component of The Georgian Papers Project (History).
  • Establishing the Philosophy and Visual Arts Research Centre, which liaises with major cultural organisations throughout London.
  • Continuing London-based Service projects such as outreach work by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies in Brick Lane during the first annual ‘Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival’, as well as engagement with the BFI on a King’s branded symposium as part of their ‘Black Star’ season.
  • Developing a 'pop-up' university, which will take the study of arts and humanities to non-traditional venues in London. The faculty aims to engage young people from under-represented groups, and their families, by bringing the work of King's students and academics out of the lecture theatre and into the local community.
  • Creating King's London Collective, which brings together King’s research on London’s people, places and future prosperity. The resource showcases King’s vast body of knowledge on London, encompassing subjects as broad ranging as Education & Skills, Green Living and Urban Health & Wellbeing, organised around nine core themes (led by Dr Alana Harris, Dr Ruth Craggs and Dr James Grande).
  • Developing London-focused roles within the faculty. The faculty hosts, for example, a lectureship in Liberal Arts & London (Dr George Legg), highlighting its wider ambition to increase the scale and scope of teaching on London. Beyond these posts, the faculty boasts an extensive programme of co-curricular collaborations with London's cultural organisations, including the Black Cultural Archives, British Library and Shakespeare's Globe.
  • Developing activities that serve society, such as outreach work by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies in Brick Lane during the ‘Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival’ and working closely with the BFI as part of their ‘ Black Star’ season.
  • Leading a series of projects that aim to open up access to education and King's research to our local communities. 

 

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